Quirky’s Power Pivot Mini Is A Power Strip In Your Pocket

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The one big advantage of traveling in the U.S is that I get to use your crappy, cheap-ass two-pin power plugs. I love that these small pieces of junk can fold up even smaller. Compare this to taking a vacation to the UK, where the adapters are the size of 1980s-era cellphones and young citizens have to be trained in the use of their safety features.

All of which is a roundabout (and culturally insulting) way to say I love Quirky’s new Pivot Power Mini, a tiny lightbulb-sized adapter which converts a single socket into two USB ports and a pair of power-points.

The cylindrical(ish) unit opens up (somewhat) like a book to reveal the extra AC outlets, but you can use it folded as a USB charger. The blurb doesn’t mention high-current USB charging so we’ll assume that this one is for iPhones and iPads mini only.

And finally, I love how it reminds me of an X-Wing. A dorky X-Wing, but still.

The Pivot Power mini is just $25, or less than buying a single charger from Apple.

Source: Quirky Products

  • joewaylo

    And a fire waiting to happen. Does it have a surge protector built in?

  • djrobsd

    Be sure to read the reviews on their site.. it DOES Not let you charge 2 apple products at the same time via USB, i.e. an iphone and an ipad:

    Waste of money!

    Also bought it for the two USB ports to charge two iPhones at the same time but it can’t!
    Reviewed by Yazmin Sabido | 5 days ago
    Can’t charge 2 apple products thu USB

    I need this device for 4 devices: 2 iphones, 1 ipad, and 1 kindle. The 2 USB slots would not let me charge the 1 iphone and 1 ipad at the same time, rendering 1 of the USB slots useless. Attaching the iphone to its standard plug module, I was able to charge i

  • Jonathan Alexander Llamas

    Be sure to read the reviews on their site.. it DOES Not let you charge 2 apple products at the same time via USB, i.e. an iphone and an ipad:

    Waste of money!

    Also bought it for the two USB ports to charge two iPhones at the same time but it can’t!
    Reviewed by Yazmin Sabido | 5 days ago
    Can’t charge 2 apple products thu USB

    I need this device for 4 devices: 2 iphones, 1 ipad, and 1 kindle. The 2 USB slots would not let me charge the 1 iphone and 1 ipad at the same time, rendering 1 of the USB slots useless. Attaching the iphone to its standard plug module, I was able to charge i

    I beg to differ. unless i have a completely different version. this product does indeed let you charge 2 ipads at the same time through the USB ports.

  • Romeyn

    What if your outlets are installed to code, with the grounding plug in TOP? Does this thing pivot 180 degrees to accommodate that?